Universal Studios Hollywood Has Officially Re-Opened Courthouse Square
Universal Studios Hollywood has officially re-opened one of the more famous areas of their lot: Courthouse Square.
If you’re not familiar with the incredibly long past year that Universal has had: last June a massive fire destroyed four acres of the studio property. Since then they have been hard at work not only rebuilding the famous studio, lots, and visitor tour — but also on making everything bigger and better than ever before with new, state-of-the-art technologies and attractions. First came the announcement of their initial re-opening and their tram tour with insane new audio and video capabilities. Next came word of the colossal return of one of their main attractions: King Kong. Only this time he would be so much more realistic than the famous giant animatronic beast they once had.
Now that we’re all caught up, fans of the studio/park and filmmakers alike will be pleased at the latest announcement that Courthouse Square is now open once again. To celebrate the re-opening, a massive parade was thrown with many different characters from various movies that have been filmed there.
The Square set is the most photographed town square of all-time with over a thousand film and TV appearances. It is without doubt best recognized as the location of the great clock tower in Back to the Future, but has been used in so many more things as well.
Here’s just a few of the notable productions filmed there:
It was previously known as “Mockingbird Square” after serving as a principal location for the Oscar-winning “To Kill a Mockingbird.” It was dressed as Buffalo, NY for Jim Carey in “Bruce Almighty,” as River City, Iowa for the great musical, “The Music Man,” as Wellman College for “The Nutty Professor,” and as the center of Sweet Apple, Ohio in the classic “Bye Bye Birdie.” It’s been overrun by “Gremlins,” by large people in “Village of the Giants” and aliens in “They Came From Outer Space.” Steven Spielberg filmed it as the courthouse in “Amistad.”
The rest of the lots are expected to be opened by next spring.